Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Raul G. Salinas 6830 47.41
Jose A. Valdez, Jr. 3065 21.27
James Joel Newland 255 1.77
Juan Ramirez 608 4.22
Gene Belmares 3649 25.33
MUNICIPAL COURT CLERK
Charles David Wise 808 5.68
George Victor Garcia II 330 2.32
Madeline Lopez‐Escoto 3977 27.95
Juan Caballero 4098 28.8
Rosie Cuellar‐Castillo 5015 35.2
Rolando "Roli" Garcia 756 40.8
Mike Garza 1097 59.2
Esteban Rangel 933 60.51
Barney Garcia 171 11.09
Victor M Garcia 428 27.76
Armando Cisneros (Write‐In) 10 0.65
Michael Landeck 505 33.87
Alejandro Perez, Jr. 351 23.54
Jesus "Chuy" Romero 226 15.16
Ricardo "Ricky" Hinojosa 216 14.44
Abraham Rodriguez 193 12.94
Charlie San Miguel 934 26.81
Orlando "Orli" Navarro 876 25.14
Fred Santos 612 17.57
Emilio Martinez 247 7.09
B Javier Mendoza 349 10.02
Manuel "Manny" Arechiga, Jr. 466 13.38
Friday, June 25, 2010
Kellogg Co. is voluntarily recalling about 28 million boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks cereals because an unusual smell and flavor from the packages' liners could make people ill, the company said Friday.
Consumers reported the cereal smelled or tasted waxy or like metal or soap.
The products were distributed throughout the U.S. and began arriving in stores in late March. Only products with the letters "KN" following the use-by date are included in the recall.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
33 year old Laredo firefighter Marcos Gomez has been indicted by a grand jury for assault causing bodily injury. The incident took place April 24th and it involved him and his wife. A relative of the couple reported the assault to police. The incident took place at their residence on Kingwood drive.
Gomez is currently on suspencion pending the outcome of the case, according to fire department officials.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
"This high school would be designed for the student who has dropped out of an LISD high school and decided that was a really bad mistake and they really want to come back into school and earn their diploma", Veronica Castillo of LISD said. The high should be up by next year and expects close to hundred students in the inagural class. Meanwhile, UISD officials are also working on a similar venue.
President Obama summoned Americans on Tuesday to a “national mission” to move away from reliance on oil and develop alternative sources of energy, demanding that Congress move quickly to overcome “a lack of political courage and candor.”
Speaking to a national television audience from the Oval Office, Mr. Obama also promised a long-term plan to make sure that the gulf states suffering from the oil spill are made whole again. He said he was appointing Ray Mabus, the secretary of the Navy and the former governor of Mississippi, to develop a Gulf Coast restoration plan in cooperation with states, local communities, tribes, fishermen, conservationists and gulf residents.
BP officials are adamant that the company should not be liable for the lost wages of oil workers laid off because of the six-month moratorium that the Obama administration imposed on deepwater offshore drilling after the Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire. But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other administration officials repeatedly have cited idled oil workers as among those who could press claims.
Watch video here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/president-obama-s-oval-office-address-bp-oil-spill-energy
Monday, June 14, 2010
Javier "B" Mendoza has announced his candidacy for City Council district 6. The seat is currently held by Gene Belmares, who is running for Mayor. Mendoza is president of Mendoza Maintenance Group and former owner of Sal's Pizza. He is a licensed real estate agent and former teacher. Mendoza wants improve city employee's health and wellness programs as well as develop business in the Laredo area. He will face Orlando Navarro and Fred Santos in the November city elections.
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R&B superstar Rihanna will visit Laredo in July to perform alongside KE$HA and Travie McCoy. The concert will take place at the Laredo Energy Arena on July 24, 2010 at 8pm. Tickets will go on sale Saturday June 19, 2010 at 10am. Ticket prices are $122, $82, $62, $32 (facility fees not included). Meanwhile, Rihanna was scheduled to perform in Phoenix, Arizona on June 14th, the date of the announced concert but was cancelled, no reason was given to the venue.
Current city ordinance makes it illegal to post campaign material several months before an election. In an interview given by another media outlet, Belmares and Salinas said they were against this ordinance and is their first amendment right. Other citizens say they agree but candidates should still follow the law. Some say if the ordinary citizens are told to respect a law or city ordinance in effect, our leaders should too. City officials, meanwhile say they will try to repeal or amend this ordinance and have no plans to give citations to candidates.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Danny Valdez and Tano Tijerina are neck and neck, this race is still too close to call. Valdez currently has the edge with 52% of the early voting results.
Jaime Canales will unseat Keko Martinez for the Commissioner pct. 4 race. Canales has received 63% of the vote in early voting.
Wawi Tijerina will remain seated as Judy Gutierrez couldn't get enough votes to win.
Danny Dominguez and Ramiro Veliz are also too close to call, though Veliz is likely to win.
Esther Degollado will win to serve as District Clerk.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
700 Zetas from around Mexico are joining the 500 already brought to the area last week. This week The U.S. Consulate General's office has already confirmed a gunbattle in Nuevo Laredo. It's happening near Boulevard Colosio and the city's zoo. the consulate general's office is telling all U.S. citizens to take shelter until the fighting stops.
These races will have a run-off. Incumbent Danny Valdez will face Tano Tijerina. For District Clerk, Esther Degollado will face Sylvia Palumbo. In the Pct. 2 Commissioner's race, Incumbent Wawi Tijerina will face former Commissioner Judith Gutierrez. Sergio Keko Martinez, the incumbent will face Jaime Canales in the run-off for Commissioner Pct. 4. Monica Zapata Notzon and Jesus Chuy Dominguez will face off for the 111th District Judge race. Finally, Ramiro Veliz, Jr. the incumbent and Daniel "Danny" Dominguez will face off for the Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 seat.
County Judge candidates Andy Reyes and Louis H. Bruni have both endorsed Tano Tijerina for the County Judge race against incumbent Danny Valdez.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
In state elections, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison conceded the Republican nomination to Texas governor Rick Perry. Houston Mayor Bill White won the democratic nomination. Meanwhile, the Webb County elections office reported a possbile error with almost 1,000 votes due to electronic machines used for the disabled.
Run-off's will occur in the following races:
COUNTY JUDGE between Tano Tijerina & Danny Valdez
DISTRICT CLERK between Esther Degollado and Sylvia Palumbo
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT. 2 between Ramiro Veliz and Danny Dominguez
Still to close to call are for the following races:
JUDGE 111TH DISTRICT COURT
Comm. Pct 4
Canales 46% *Juan Chavez is out for this race
Comm. Pct 2
Salinas 16% *Jose Salinas is out for this race
-------------- EARLY VOTING RESULTS BY RACE>>>>>>
JP PCT 4:::
OSCAR O. MARTINEZ 68%
VICKY CANTU 32%
DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR:::
SERGIO MORA 65%
ROLANDO HERRERA 35%
TANO TIJERINA 36%
DANNY VALDEZ 41%
ANDY REYES 18
LOUIS H. BRUNI 5%
COMMISSIONER PCT.2 :::
WAWI TIJERINA 49%
JUDITH GUTIERREZ 36%
JOSE SALINAS 16%
COMMISSIONER PCT. 4:::
SERGIO MARTINEZ 41%
JAIME CANALES 46%
JUAN CHAVEZ 13%
JUDGE 111TH COURT:::
MONICA NOTZON 45%
ANDRIANA ARCE 27%
JESUS DOMINGUEZ 28%
JP PCT. 2:::
SANTOS BENAVIDES 14%
DANNY DOMINGUEZ 27%
RICARDO URDIALES 13%
RAMIRO VELIZ 43%
VICTOR SCHUNIOR 3%
LONNIE GARCIA 33%
MARGIE IBARRA 66%
JACKIE RAMOS 16%
ESTHER DEGOLLADO 37%
LYDIA LIENDO PARRA 14%
SYLVIA PALUMBO 33%
DIANA PERALES 65%
JOSE VALDEZ 35%
Monday, March 1, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
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WEBB COUNTY JUDGE - A run off is likely to occur. Danny Valdez, the incumbent and "Tano" Tijerina will face off in the run-off, while Andres "Andy" Reyes and Louis H. Bruni will finish third and fourth.
COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 2 - Wawi Tijerina the incumbent, Jose Salinas and former Commissioner Judith Gutierrez are facing each other. This race will most likely see a run-off between Wawi Tijerina and Judith Gutierrez, though don't be surprised to see an upset second place by Salinas.
COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 4 - Sergio "Keko" Martinez (incumbent) faces Jaime Canales as well as former city councilman Juan Chavez. In this race another run-off is likely to occur. This time between Martinez and Canales, Chavez will garner third place.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT 2, PLC 1 - In this five way race a run -off is destined to be seen. Ramiro Veliz, the incumbent faces four challangers, Daniel "Danny" Dominguez, Victor M. Schunior, Ricardo Urdiales and Santos Benavides. A run-off is likely to occur between Veliz and Urdiales. Dominguez will be in third place while Benavides will garner fourth place.
COUNTY TREASUER- Delia Perales (Incumbent) and Jose A. Valdez face each other. No run-off here, in this race Perales has the advantage.
COUNTY CLERK- Margie Ramirez Ibarra (Incumbent) and Longino "Lonnie" Garcia Jr are head to head in this race. Ibarra has the advantage though don't be surprised to see an upset by Garcia who is stronger this time since the last time he ran.
JUDGE, 111TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT- Adriana Arce-Flores, Monica Zapata Notzon and Jesus "Chuy" Dominguez are running here. Another run-off is likely to occur. Arce-Flores and Zapata-Notzon will have to face each other in the run-off.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PCT. 1, PL. 2- Oscar R. Liendo and Margarito Benavides face each other. Liendo will win in a landslide.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PCT 4- Oscar O. Martinez and Vicky Cantu face each other here. While Martinez faces his toughest re-election yet, he will win another term.
WEBB COUNTY DISTRICT CLERK- Jackie L. Ramos, Esther Degollado, Lydia Liendo Parra and Sylvia Palumbo are running as Manuel Gutierrez is retiring. Another run-off is likely to occur here. Ramos and Degollado will face each other in a run-off election.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Salinas said his major accomplishments was able to get almost 90 million dollars in funds for the Camino Cuatro Vientos, they are building seven new inspection modules at the World Trade Bridge, and they've just inaugurated the project to refurbish the Jefferson water treatment plant.
The incumbent will have to face several candidates in the November elections, inculding, Councilman Gene Belamres.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Stay tuned to Laredo Watch this March for the upcoming 2010 primary elections. Laredo Watch will post the latest and be the first to bring to you projections, polls and election results. Election day is Tuesday March 2nd, early voting before the March 2nd election will begin on Tuesday, February 16th and conclude on the 26th.
The event is used to raise funds for the Laredo Crime Stoppers program. The event held lots of fun and games for all the family, there will also be music, dancing, food stands, motorcycle exhibits, old car exhibits, horses and a playground for the children.
Several students went to area LISD high schools to talk abou the importance of voting. They are currently planning their annual "Rock the Vote" event scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd on the campus ground in downtown Laredo.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
WEBB COUNTY JUDGE::: Danny Valdez (Incumbent), "Tano" Tijerina, Andres "Andy" Reyes and Louis H. Bruni are confirmed to be running
COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 2::: Wawi Tijerina (Incumbent), Jose Salinas and former Commissioner Judith Gutierrez
COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 4::: Sergio "Keko" Martinez (Incumbent) will run for re-election, Jaime Canales will also run as well as former city councilman Juan Chavez.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT 2, PLC 1::: Ramiro Veliz (Incumbent), Daniel "Danny" Dominguez, Victor M. Schunior, Ricardo Urdiales and Santos Benavides
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT 2, PLC 2::: Ricardo Rangel (Incumbent),
COUNTY TREASUER::: Delia Perales (Incumbent) and Jose A. Valdez
COUNTY CLERK:::: Margie Ramirez Ibarra (Incumbent) and Longino "Lonnie" Garcia Jr
JUDGE, 49TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT::: Joe Lopez (Incumbent)
JUDGE, 111TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT::: Adriana Arce-Flores, Monica Zapata Notzon and Jesus "Chuy" Dominguez will run as Raul Vasquez retires
JUDGE, COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 1::: Ben Morales (Incumbent)
JUDGE, COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 2::: Jesus "Chuy" Garza (Incumbent)
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PCT. 1, PL. 2::: Oscar R. Liendo (Incumbent) and Margarito Benavides
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PCT 4::: Oscar O. Martinez (Incumbent) and Vicky Cantu
WEBB COUNTY DISTRICT CLERK:::: Jackie L. Ramos, Esther Degollado, Lydia Liendo Parra and Sylvia Palumbo will be running as Manuel Gutierrez is retiring
DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR:::: Sergio Mora (Incumbent) and Rolando Herrera
Alvino "Ben" Morales does not have an opponent for County Court at Law 1 Judge, as well as Jesus "Chuy" Garza, State Rep. Richard Raymond and Congressman Henry Cuellar will be unopposed for their primary.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Two weeks ago, his brother Arturo, reputed chief of the Beltran Leyva cartel, was killed in a shootout with Mexican marines in the central city of Cuernavaca. He was the highest-ranking cartel suspect taken down since Calderon sent tens of thousands of soldiers and federal police across the country three years ago to fight brutal drug gangs.
Mexican officials in the past have described Carlos Beltran Levya, 40, as a key member of the gang, but it was unclear if he took over as chief of the cartel after his brother died.
According to the Texas Bar Association, Ramirez never sent in her attorney occupation tax exemption forms and has been suspended from practicing law in Texas since September 1, 2009.
Ramirez says that all forms were sent in back in June, along with paperwork and bar fees of 11 other county attorneys, and doesn't understand why her bar fee was processed while her tax exemption form was not.
Until her suspension is over, Ramirez is not allowed to offer any legal advice. Offering legal advice is part of her duty as county attorney. Since September 1st, she has done so numerous times. Ramirez claims she was unaware she had been suspended from practicing law until recently.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Lareoans are ringing in the new year as a decade closes. Laredo Watch will be updating and imporving the website to bring you the latest in news coming soon in 2010.
Some major local stories this year:
> Death of baby Katerine Cardenas
> Henry Flores arrested
> Patricia Barrea corruption case
Some major national stories:
> Michael Jackson's death
> Death of major celebrities and personalities (Ted Kennedy, Patrick Swayze, Ed McMahon & Walter Cronkite)
> Obama inaugurated as President
> H1N1 Flu
> "Tea Parties"
> Cash for Clunkers
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Laredo is closing 2009 with a total of 153 HIV/AIDS cases for this year. In total the Laredo Health Department has seen 457 postive HIV / AIDS cases since 1985.
The cases seen are currently being attended by the local health sector with all expenses covered.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Police apprehended a murder suspect who they thought might be headed towards West Texas at the U.S. border near Laredo.
John Jacob Presley is wanted in Nacogdoches, Texas for the murder of his wife, Stephanie. Law enforcement found her body Thursday morning in a wooded area near the Rusk County line, in East Texas.
Following meetings with Mayor Bill White and Businessman Farouk Shami, Kinky Friedman announced that he is abandoning his campaign for Texas Governor and entering the race to become the Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.
"This has never been about me; this has always been about what is best for the people of Texas and the Democratic Party," Friedman stated. "After my visit with Bill my mind was made up. There is a clear alternative for the people of Texas, and today I'm changing courses with a happy heart. I've determined that the best way that I can help the ticket and serve Texas families is by switching to the Ag Commissioner's race. Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Jim Hightower explained how much the office does and how much potential there is to do more."
Friedman captured 12% of the vote for Texas governor in 2006 as an independent.
With the closing of B. Dalton Booksellers, the only book store in Laredo. Through sources, Laredo Watch can confirm that Laredo will get another book store in the future. While the details and comapny information are undisclosed, there is a process currently in the works for a book store of such to be opened sometime next year.
Currently locations in the Laredo area are being sought for the new book store. Keep logging on for more information as we post.
"I am proud to work and serve almost 30 companies in the sector, taking care of the interests and complying with the operative ordinances," Cantu says.
The committee regulates the operations of the bail bond companies to safeguard the interests of the community and the rights and obligations of the businesses in the county.
The committee president includes; Judge Alvino "Ben" Morales, head of Law Court No. 1, and other judge members, including Elma Teresa Salinas Ender and Alfonso Ornelas, as well as Manuel Gutierrez, and Treasurer Delia Perales.
Cantu is currently running for Justice of the Peace against Judge Oscar O. Martinez.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Border Patrol agents discovered marijuana residue in the trash can of one of his tour buses Friday afternoon. Lil’ Wayne, is scheduled to be sentenced for weapons charges in New York in February.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Hip Hop artist Lil' Wayne was detained by the U.S. Border Patrol at the Falfurrias Checkpoint Friday evening.
Lil' Wayne whose real name is Michael Carter, Jr., is being held along with eleven other people after officials found an undisclosed amount of marijuana on two tour buses.
Lil' Wayne was set to play a sold out concert in Laredo tonight at the Laredo Entertainment Center. The concert has been postponed until furter notice.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Police say the man died from a gun shot wound to the his upper body. Police say the weapon used belongs to a Border Patrol agent, who is the victim's older brother.
Sources say the brother was the person who shot the man, police officials are currently investigating this incident. Sources say this was an accident.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
He is being charged with sexually abusing a male relative over the span of three years, from when he was 10 years old.
The victim came forward to police eleven years later. Garcia's sentencing is set for February 19th.